To authorize the Secretary of Labor to award grants for the employment of individuals in targeted communities to perform work for the benefit of such communities.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Helping Individuals Return to Employment Act'' or the ``HIRE Act''.
SEC. 2. COMMUNITY EMPLOYMENT GRANTS.
(a) Grants Authorized.--The Secretary of Labor is authorized to award competitive grants for the hiring of unemployed individuals to perform work to benefit communities, under terms and conditions set forth in this section. (b) Eligible Entities.--Grants under this section may be awarded to any of the following entities in the areas described in subsection (c): (1) Units of local government. (2) Workforce investment boards, established pursuant to section 117 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (29 U.S.C. 2832). (3) Non-profit organizations described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3)). (c) Targeted Communities.--Grants under this section may be awarded to eligible entities located in or primarily serving in one of the following areas, if the unemployment rate in such area is higher than 7 percent during the 3-month period preceding the award of the grant: (1) A renewal community with respect to which a designation was in effect under section 1400E(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (26 U.S.C. 1400E(a)) on December 31, 2009. (2) An empowerment zone designated under section...